Cornwall has some of the most beautiful towns and villages for friends and family to enjoy time away together. Spend days with the kids on the beach, explore quaint Cornish villages with grandparents or even learn to surf with friends. With so many things to do in Cornwall, it is easy to see why it is one of the UK’s most favourite holiday destinations.
And when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, there are stunning and unique properties for all group sizes, including cottages, barns, farmhouses, and even a mansion. Some have hot tubs, one has a swimming pool, and no matter whether the view is of land or sea, you can be assured it will be breathtaking!
I have carefully selected eight beautiful holiday homes in Cornwall that will appeal to large groups. Have fun with friends in summer or catch up with family members at Christmas – the possibilities are endless.
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Map of Cornwall Holiday Homes (approximate location)
Holiday Homes on Cornwall’s North Coast
Upton Mill – Port Isaac
Sleeping Ten + One Cot and your four-legged friend
If you are after amazing views of the Cornish landscape, you won’t be disappointed at Upton Mill. Bi-fold doors bring the outside in, and ample seating areas at the large farmhouse kitchen table and the glorious patio will become favourite places to spend lazy days.
Designed with a ‘New-England’ vibe, this converted barn matches pastel and neutral furnishings with pops of colour and exposed brickwork. This mix of styles works well and gives this Cornish holiday home a modern feel.
Bedrooms have individual styles, some with panelled walls, others with exposed floorboards and all with en-suite facilities. And let’s not forget that this is a property for all seasons. With its warming wood-burning stove and comfy corners, you can snuggle up when the weather is cold outside.
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In the Area
The long golden stretch of sand at Trebarwith Strand is within walking distance of Upton Mill and popular with surfers. It is dog-friendly all year round, so no family members need to be left behind. After a day on the beach, check out Port William Inn, the family-friendly pub with views of the beach.
Further afield, fans of Doc Martin will love the charming village of Port Isaac. Wander along its quaint cobbled streets, and enjoy the epic seascapes spanning the coast and countryside. Hop aboard a boat trip with Wavehunters and keep an eye out for hidden coves and wildlife, including dolphins, seals and puffins.
For history lovers, Tintagel Castle has been the site of Cornish myths and legends for centuries. It is one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist spots and supposedly King Arthur’s birthplace. Whether that is true or not, it is a stunning place to visit and is reached across a footbridge – a fabulous entrance to a medieval castle!
Gwel-an-Keynvor – Padstow
Sleeping Eight + One Cot
Stunning vistas over Trevone Bay are the selling point for Gwel-an-Keynvor and this comfortable holiday home has them in bucket loads. Spend afternoons in the private garden and bask in the glorious Cornish sunshine that bathes the house all day long.
Bedrooms with clean lines and a cosy living room will allow groups of friends to enjoy time together in this lovely home. This holiday home is perfect with a second-floor master bedroom with stunning seascapes, an ensuite bathroom, and a balcony.
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In the Area
Visitors can reach the delightful Trevone Bay from the coastal path from Gwel-an-Keynvor. Families will love the sandy beach, which is perfect for all age groups. A small cafe also doubling up as a store sells beach equipment – just in case you’ve forgotten your bucket and spade!
For walkers, Trevone Head – managed by the National Trust – has a wealth of coastal footpaths perfect for those one-in-a-lifetime views of the Atlantic coastline in Cornwall. Fancy a spot of birdwatching? A variety of species call Trevone Head their home.
Further afield, Padstow is a must for any visitors to the area. This charming fishing village is now one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations for food lovers. It has been put on the map due to the renowned chef Rick Stein. The town sees holidaymakers travelling from near and far to sample the delicious fresh Cornish cuisine at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.
Cyclists and walkers can take on Cornwall’s famous 17-mile Camel Trail that runs along the old North Cornwall Railway Line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. The route passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and is flat, so suitable for families and wheelchair users. Bikes can be hired from Camel Trail Cycle Hire in Wadebridge.
Holiday Homes on Cornwall’s South Coast
Willow House – Falmouth
Sleeping Ten + One Cot
Once you have pinched yourself and realised that Willow House is a reality, you won’t be able to contain your excitement at being able to spend time in this truly unique and magnificent mansion.
The spacious living spaces include an open-plan kitchen with high-spec appliances and gadgets, a comfortable seating area for adults to chill out and a playroom for the children to enjoy.
When choosing bedrooms, more than one guest might want to have the principal suite for themselves – the bedroom and sitting area span the entire first floor! And with an ensuite walk-in shower and slipper bath, it’s hard not to see why this bedroom will be the favourite.
But don’t think that the other bedrooms will offer any less of a sensational stay. They are furnished to high standards in grey and white tones with carefully configured beds to suit all guests.
The mansion is in an idyllic woodland location with a garden almost the size of a football pitch (well, nearly!) and equipped with play equipment to keep the younger guests entertained. And on balmy summer evenings, the fire pit is the perfect place to spend time with friends reminiscing about past escapades.
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In the Area
For walkers, a path leads close to Willow House and takes you to the glorious woodland at the Enys Estate and, for seafarers, Mylor Harbour is a great place to hire small motorboats and kayaks.
For an authentic taste of Cornwall, head to the historic 13th-century Pandora Inn in Falmouth and sample the traditional real ales from St Austell Brewery. Afterwards, discover the Cornish character and history of the beautiful town of Falmouth.
For beach lovers, Kynance Cove is one of the best beaches in Cornwall and is stunningly beautiful. With crystal clear turquoise water and a fine sandy beach, this Cornish cove is loved by all who visit.
Afterwards, head to Lizard Point, the most southerly point in Great Britain. Its lighthouse, remote location, and dark green, red, and white serpentine stone cliffs are famous. For scuba divers, the many shipwrecks lying beneath the waters of the Lizard Peninsula make diving in the area a real adventure.
Prynn’s House – Lerryn
Sleeping Seven and your four-legged friend
Prynn’s House is a traditional Cornish cottage set in the village of Lerryn and next door to the local pub! Its original character still shines through but has been brought into the present with its beautiful interior.
The property has a country house vibe with subtle shades of heather and cream furnishings and boasts an open fire perfect for chilly autumnal evenings. Guests will love the farmhouse kitchen, restored to its former glory with slate floors and granite lintels.
Outside there is ample space to entertain all ages. Children and adults alike will love the sunken trampoline and the full-size table tennis set. Release your competitive side with a friendly game or two! Everyone will enjoy al-fresco dining in the garden surrounded by pretty flower borders and stunning river views.
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In the Area
For those who love to browse antique shops, Lostwithiel is the antique capital of Cornwall. Wander around the numerous independent galleries and stop for refreshments in one of the many great eateries in this vibrant village.
Asquith’s is an upmarket restaurant offering delicious dishes prepared using local produce. Nearby, Annie’s Comfort Food cooks up great burgers and baps from a wooden shack by the side of the road – check out the great reviews on Tripadvisor.
Further afield, history lovers will enjoy exploring Lanhydrock House and gardens near Bodmin or one of Cornwall’s historical sites, the 18th-century Bodmin Jail, located on the edge of the rugged moorlands.
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Holiday Homes in the South West of Cornwall
Trevorian Barn – Porthleven
Sleeping Ten + Two Cots and your four-legged friend
Trevorian Barn is truly a spectacular holiday home to spend time with loved ones. There are plenty of spaces to mingle with friends and to spend some quiet time alone.
The barn is light and airy, with a stunning sand-coloured brick facade and clean lines continuing throughout. Pops of colour from furnishings and exposed beams bring contrast into the mix.
The five bedrooms are decorated in a delicate colour palette of creams, greens, blues and pinks, giving the accommodation a cheerful vibe. And with two seating areas and an open plan kitchen with bi-folding doors leading to the patio, Trevorian Barn is the ideal place for groups to get together for a holiday.
The facilities are first-class and consist of an indoor hot tub (temperamental weather won’t stop the fun), plus a well-equipped gym, a games room with a pool table, table tennis and even disco lights for those impromptu dance nights! And football fans will love the Astro pitch for a kick-about with friends.
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In the Area
The historic Porthleven is Britain’s most southerly fishing port and has a vivid past full of smugglers and shipwrecks. The waters outside of the harbour are littered with the skeletons of ships that never made it home!
Nowadays, Porthleven is better known for the growth of its food scene, rivalling Padstow and St Ives. Restaurants will suit all palates, such as Kota, giving an Asian twist to traditional Cornish dishes and Amelies highlighting freshly caught seafood. And coffee connoisseurs will love the coffee at Origin, roasted in nearby Helston.
For a day by the sea, Praa Sands is a great choice, with its sweeping white sandy beach and turquoise water. The lesser-known Rinsey Cove, accessed via a cliff path, is another close beach for those looking to escape the crowds.
Channel View – Cadgwith
Sleeping Eight + One Cot
If modern, stylish living is your number one criteria on holiday, then Channel View ticks all the boxes. Nestled in the lush countryside and with distant sea views, this property has everything you could want, including a heated swimming pool (April-Sept) and a hot tub! Facilities also include a games room with a full-size snooker table and a flat-screen TV.
A large well-equipped kitchen, cosy living areas, fabulous fully tiled bathrooms and four comfortable bedrooms make a stay here perfect.
And with a patio leading to a large garden, spending fabulous sunny days in Cornwall couldn’t be better.
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In the Area
The tiny village of Cadgwith is close to Channel View and has a 300-year-old pub packed with relics collected over the centuries. A challenging 6.5-mile circular walk follows the coastal path from Cadgwith to Church Cove for walkers.
Just along from Cadgwith is a second small harbour village called Coverack with a past connected to pirates! Nowadays, the small shingle beach and picturesque thatched-roof cottages are the main lures for tourists.
A short drive away, Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard peninsula, has a selection of pubs, galleries and restaurants. For a traditional Cornish tea, head to Mullion Cove Hotel.
Holiday Homes in the Far West of Cornwall
Blue Seas – Mousehole
Sleeping Eight + Three Cots
This sensational house by the beach is called Blue Seas for a good reason. Its enviable location has never-ending views across the sparkling waters of Mount’s Bay and beyond.
The interior has been decorated in hues of greens and blues. Clean lines and local art pieces are in keeping with the vast seascapes. The hub of the property is the large and welcoming kitchen where groups can gather for good food and conversation.
On the first floor, the master bathroom has not one but two ensuites! One with a gorgeous bathtub and the other with a walk-in shower. The suite is beautifully decorated in tones of blue, with panoramic views across Mount’s Bay.
The glass balcony to the front of the property is a mesmerising place to sit and watch the ever-changing seascape, and a second area to the back of the property offers an informal place to dine with friends.
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In the Area
A short walk from Blue Seas will take you to Lamorna Cove. Set at the foot of a pretty wooded valley, this is a popular place for local artists to live and work. The area has various footpaths, and the coastal path from Mousehole to Porthcurno runs through Lamorna.
Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) is along the coast from Lamorna and is a quintessential Cornish village. Wander along its labyrinth of narrow, winding streets and discover art galleries, family-run cafes, and local craft shops.
Dylan Thomas once described this delightful harbour village as ‘the loveliest village in England’, and a stool in The Ship Inn is dedicated to his memory. Fancy seeing the area from the water? Head out on a boat trip with Cormorant Cruising from Mousehole harbour.
Further afield, a trip to Land’s End, the most westerly point in Cornwall. There are many man-made activities and eateries to discover, but Land’s End’s natural side is the main attraction. With breath-taking views of the iconic Longships Lighthouse and a dramatic coastal pathway, this is what makes Land’s End one of the most photographed locations in England.
Afterwards, head to Cape Cornwall – the only ‘Cape’ in England, and spot the mine shaft chimney on the headland, a reminder of Cornwall’s tin mining history.
Chy Morvah East – Marazion
Sleeping Eight + One Cot and your four-legged friend
With uninterrupted views of St Michael’s Mount, the holiday home of Chy Morvah East is a real treasure with a bonus – it has a hot tub! Spend time with friends in the decked area and watch the ferry boats take visitors to and from ‘The Mount’. Read a book, enjoy a meal or sunbathe in this lovely outdoor space.
The inside of this charming property is bright and airy and bathed in sunlight from the panoramic windows. Exposed wooden floors and a wood burner give it a homely feel. The spacious modern kitchen is equipped to cook delicious meals, while the living area is large and comfortable.
With four good-sized bedrooms, one stands out from the rest. The en-suite master bedroom on the first floor has a terrace with sensational sea views. You may have to get in quickly to have this desirable room for yourself!
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In the Area
Around the bay is Penzance boasting some of Cornwall’s best beaches. If swimming in the sea isn’t for you, then the UK’s largest seawater lido, Jubilee Pool, might be a better choice. While in Penzance, head to The Turks Head, one of the oldest and most charming pubs in Cornwall dating back to the 13th century, and discover stories of smugglers and pirates.
Further afield, the artist’s community of St Ives is a picture-perfect example of a Cornish village. Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden are two main attractions in St Ives, as well as the fabulous sandy beaches. When you are feeling peckish, head to the Rum and Crab Shack for freshly caught crab and lobster washed down with a shot of rum!
Visitors interested in wildlife should hop aboard a boat tour from St. Ives Harbour. The trip will allow you to observe the seals that live on Seal Island. Want to learn how to surf in Cornwall? Have a lesson or two on one of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches with St Ives Surf School on Porthmeor beach.
Thursday 18th of November 2021
I have been to Kynance Cove a few times, it’s a great beach but watch out for the tides
Thursday 18th of November 2021
Yes, I agree. I have given a link to tide tables in the post so that visitors can plan their trip there safely